Peeples Place at KHTS, Oct. 14, 2011
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It’s the 11th post of the new local music blog I’m producing in collaboration with AM 1220 KHTS and the Santa Clarita Valley’s award-winning, No. 1 website, www.hometownstation.com.
We’re online every Friday morning with hot SCV music news, reviews, features and photos right here at www.peeplesplace.com, with an on-air preview on the KHTS morning show each Thursday at 8:10.
This week, we have an exclusive Q&A with Kameren Neal of Kounterfeit Change about the band's long-awaited debut album, plus news about the SCV Blues Society battle of the bands, Women on the Move OutWest, zombies marching on Main Street, 'Four Pianos asnd a Wedding' playing at CalArts, and the release of a new book of classic Henry Diltz photos titled "'Unpainted Faces."
I'll have some notes about last Wednesday night's memorial gathering marking the 40th anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Gene Vincent's death and burial in Newhall, which yours truly was invited by its organizers to emcee.
We’ll get a preview of the Johnny Strat Band on "House Blend" on SCVTV Saturday night, find out what new music is hot at our local record store, and see who’s playing live this weekend around town and nearby.
But first, we're going to try something different. We're going to lead off with our current trivia question, which still needs an answer.
SCV MUSIC TRIVIA: KELLY'S MYSTERY AXEMAN NAMED! — It took a few weeks, but we finally have a winner in our SCV music trivia contest. The question: What local guitarist toured with singer Kelly Osbourne early in his career? The answer: Devin Bronson. The winner: Diana Sevanian, who works at the SCV Senior Center. Diana has graciously decided to donate her prize -- TWO free Restaurant Row certificates to a great local eatery, plus a free CD from the Peeples Place swag vault -- to the Senior Center.
So here's a new trivia question for you: What artist headlined Summer Meltdown at Golden Valley High's outdoor auditorium in 2007? If you know the answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org (KHTS employees past and present are not eligible, sorry!). We’ll toss all the correct entries into a hat and randomly choose a winner who’ll receive two Restaurant Row certificates and a CD from our swag vault.
OK, now Peeples Place at KHTS rocks the SCV music news.
ZOMBIES RE-ANIMATE ON MAIN STREET, AGAIN...AND AGAIN — Senses on Main and the city of Santa Clarita bring out the dead in everyone this Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. on Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
Come dressed up in your best zombie or Halloween costume and enjoy live music by The Platinum Groove, drinks from The VU Ultra Bar and Lounge, chow from gourmet food trucks and tons of spooky games and activities.
Participating restaurants and businesses will offer special event discounts. Admission is free.
Visit www.sensesonmain.com for more info and pictures from last month's Hollywood-themed street party.
Two days later, promptly at dusk or 6 p.m., whichever comes first, local zombies re-animate for the second annual Main Street Zombie March staged by the Brave New World comics and pop culture emporium on Lyons.
As was last year's, the march and related events are to raise donations of food and cash for the SCV Food Pantry, and provide a convenient, fun way for the dead to give back to the living. More than three tons of food was donated last year, according to Portlyn, BNW owner/operator and MZM perpetrator.
Registration starts at the store at 10 a.m. Saturday. Get more info by calling (661) 259-4745, or visit BNW online.
KOUNTERFEIT CHANGE FINALLY DROPS 'AMERICAN DREADLOCK' SINGLE, VIDEO — Local reggae-roots-rockers Kounterfeit Change has a new video out, for the title track from their forthcoming album, "American Dreadlock." The band has been working on the album a bit here and a bit there as they performed numerous live shows seeking to build their audience.
Pictured, from left: Jamie Hoeper, Michael Carlito, Kameren Chase Neal, Madison Wagner and Tyler Halloran.
We checked in with lead singer and songwriter Kameren Chase Neal, or K.C. for short, for an update.
Stephen K. Peeples: What's the story behind KC's new video for the album's title track?
KC: It's the first (professional) music video we've released, for our first single from the album. We did a video for 'War and Crime,' another song from the album, early on. We gave that to a student who got that done as a project, but this is our first with our production team, and I think it really came out pretty good. We're pushing it out on YouTube and every other video-streaming services we can get it out on.
Peeples: Now, what's the story line of the video? Describe what's going on as the music's playing?
KC: Our concept for “American Dreadlock” is basically that the cultures of America are like individual strands of hair, and if they are they can be easily broken. But when they're together — when they're dreadlocked and they're sticking together — in unity, there's strength. So we can be unbroken that way. So we wanted to show that people have the power, not the government, or not the establishment. So we went out and did ourselves a guerrilla-style music video where we didn't get any permits. We didn't go and get a big set, didn't put a bunch of money into it. We took a couple of cameras, went into the Arts District in downtown L.A., where we all goofed off and had a really good time. We shot it ourselves in about two days.
Peeples: It's guerilla, but not completely unprofessional. It doesn't look like a studio job, but it still looks pretty cool.
KC: Thanks. Yeah, credit for that should go to our director, Manisha Church, and Kevin Church, who produced and put it together for us.
Peeples: So the album is finally in the can, right? It's done, mixed, it's ready to go? What's the status of it?
KC: Yes, the album is done, mixed down and ready to go. We actually just got together with this new PR guy called Indie Power, and their entire concept is that you don't need a record label anymore, and that's the way we've been trying to go. We've been doing this as a do-it-yourself band for three years now, and got really a lot of steam from just doing it ourselves. So, you can bypass the record label by just getting yourselves the PR, getting yourselves put out there. But our new PR guy didn't want to release us at the end of the year — he didn't want us to get caught up with all the big-label releases happening in the last quarter of the year, so we're going to release it the first quarter of next year, going for a January-February release.
Between now and then we plan on doing a lot of interviews for blogs, web radio, getting out there on the college circuits so we can really get a name across the education system. We're also going to be having a couple headlining shows between now and the end of the year, so that should certainly get some people to come scout the album, so we can get the buzz goin'.
Peeples: You guys have a gig tomorrow outside the SCV...
KC: Yeah, we're doing the Temecula Rod Run, in wine country, where they bring out something like 60,000 people throughout the weekend, and we're playing the main stage there. That's going to be a really fun show.
Peeples: So what's the best way fans can see the video, get your music and keep up with the live shows?
KC: Check us out at our website at www.kounterfeitchange.com, or our ReverbNation page — just go onto ReverbNation and search for Kounterfeit Change and we'll come up. That way they can check out the music video, our songs that are released, they can get yrics there. Also, go onto our YouTube (channel) 'cause we're gonna be releasing a lot of visuals. Not so much music videos, but just visuals for songs that have either already been released or that we're going to release. We recorded about three extra songs for the album, and we'll be releasing those between now and January.
Peeples: I see from your Facebook posts that you've been following and getting into the Occupy Wall Street movement. It kind of ties in with your take on social and political change, as in the band's name, as in “bogus change,” yes?
KC: Yeah, definitely. We formed this band just after the election back in 2008, when we were electing Barack Obama. The platform was “serious change,” and it seemed like the people were almost frothing at the mouth, they were so excited to get change from one of our politicians. But, as some people predicted, when the time came around for actual change to start to kick in, there wasn't as much as we were hoping we'd see. There was a lot of change that benefited the big banks. But people didn't revolt back then, they didn't really protest, they didn't do anything to change what was going on. They really wanted to see what Barack Obama and his adminstration would be able to do. And so we named our band Kounterfeit Change.
Now, here we are in late 2011, just about to go into our next election cycle, and the people have come out and stayed out. There are, I think, more than 27 cities now participating in the Occupy movement. As soon as the movement was in L.A., we thought as Kounterfeit Change that we should go down there and at least do our best to get the free-flowing information about what's happening down there out to the people. As far as I can see, our media — they weren't portraying Occupy in a positive light, saying that they're unorganized and all these other things, and we wanted to go down there to find out if it's really true.
So we went to downtown L.A, with the American Dreadlock Movement, which is at www.iamdread.com, and we conducted interviews on behalf of them. We went down there, talked to the people on the ground who were occupying here in L.A. There were hundreds and hundreds of people, more than 100 tents were set up, and [they] were really positive and just trying to get a free flow of information. They wanted to raise the awareness for the way our government is basically in bed with the big banks.
We occupied for the better portion of the day, and then we had a show that night, and we took that message with us to that show. We wanted to let people know that Kounterfeit Change was definitely about music, but it's also about using multimedia to get information out to people who were not getting the full story. We plan on hopefully incorporating that message into a couple of the videos we're going to do very soon. We want to get that message out there through our music and through our causes.
Peeples: OK, good luck, and we'll look forward to the new singles and the album.
COC's Theatre Department will celebrate opening night with a raffle — come dressed up in your best Roaring '20s costume for a chance to win a door prize.
Performances are set for 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for COC students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the PAC box office at (661)- 362-5304 or click here.
CALARTS' WILD BEAST POUNCES ON 'FOUR PIANOS AND A WEDDING' — On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Wild Beast Concert Series at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia presents two avant-garde classics from the dawn of the Roaring Twenties: George Antheil’s "Ballet Mécanique" (1924) and Igor Stravinsky’s "Les Noces" ("The Wedding," 1923).
Encapsulating the exuberance and futurist yearnings of the post-World War I period, both works are scored for four pianos and an array of percussion; "Les Noces" includes vocal soloists and a large chorus, while "Ballet Mécanique" blends the mechanical sounds of airplane propellers and electric bells with multiple pianos.
Virtuoso pianists (required for these technically demanding scores) — recent graduates of the CalArts piano program — will be joined by faculty vocal soloists, the CalArts Choir and an impressive lineup of percussionists.
Admission is free. Advance registration is suggested. CalArts is located at 24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia 91355. For info call (661) 253-7816.
WOMEN ON THE MOVE TRIO GO OUTWEST — The Women on the Move Trio will perform a family-friendly show at OutWest on Main Street in Old Town Newhall Saturday at 8 p.m. in the latest edition of the SCVTV Presents the OutWest Concert Series.
Folk/pop/country singer/songwriters Trish Lester, Joan Enguita and Linda Geleris, who won First Place in the singing competition at the 2011 Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, draw on generations of womanly whimsy to musically explore love and the soulful challenges of life.
Visit OutWest online for more info.
NEW DILTZ PHOTO BOOK ROCKS — As we heard when he was my special guest last year on "House Blend" on SCVTV, world-famous photographer Henry Diltz was a musician (the Modern Folk Quartet) before he picked up a camera as a hobby in 1966 and started taking pictures of his friends, who happened to be other musicians, famous and soon-to-be-famous. Among them were Buffalo Springfield, The Lovin' Spoonful, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cass Elliott, America, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, The Doors, Eagles and more.
Even the most reclusive artists felt comfortable with Diltz because he was one of their own, not a press photographer. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a life's work as a professional. He has more than 300 album covers to his credit, like the first CSN album, The Doors' "Morrison Hotel," James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" and Eagles' "Desperado."
"Unpainted Faces," a new book produced by my partners in Rare Cool Stuff Unltd. for the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, in which Diltz is a partner, and which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, gathers more than 140 of his classic black & white images, capturing these and many other musical icons, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, in very intimate, human moments.
Individually remarkable, the "Unpainted Faces" images collectively document the rise and further rise of the California rock sound and the singer-songwriter phenomenon of the late 1960s-1970s, among other scenes.
From Laurel Canyon to Monterey Pop, from Woodstock and Miami back to Malibu, as Robby Krieger of The Doors notes in the book, "Henry Diltz always seemed to be in the right place at the right time." Or, as Eagles' Glenn Frey puts it, "This is not history, this is evidence!"
It was my honor to write the introduction and Henry's bio for the book.
"Unpainted Faces" will be available in a few weeks, but you can pre-order now. Send an email to email@example.com.
BATTLE OF THE BLUES — The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society will pick a solo/duo artist and band to represent the SCV at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., tomorrow night at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Dr. in Arcadia.
The Bobby Bluehouse band will kick off the show, followed by a short set with previous Battle of the Blues Bands winners Thelonius James (solo, 2010) and Greger Walnum (duo, 2009), plus bassist Rick Cohen. TJ and Greger blew us away on "House Blend" earlier this year, BTW.
This year's potential representatives include Toni Dodd & Southbound Blues, Lombardi & Mox, The Scorch Sisters, Bryan Chan, Lightnin' Willie & The Poorboys, Ron Tanski, The Sherry Pruitt Band, and Paul & Bull.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the battle rages till 1 a.m. Tickets cost $15 at the door for adults, $12 for card-carrying SCV Blues Society members and $5 for children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Buy advance tickets for $10 at www.arcadiabluesclub.com.
SCV LOCAL MUSIC ROUNDUP — For the latest on what's new and hot in local music, we checked in with our friends at Rock Candy Music & More, the Santa Clarita Valley’s only retail record store, at Bouquet and Plum Canyon in Saugus. Staffer David Green gave us the update on what's new on the local shelves.
"We just got a new 7-inch from a local label called Melotov Records. It's by a band called Calculator," Green said. That album is called “New Forms” and features “Drawing Circles,” “Of Perfect Days” and “Through My Head.”
We also asked him what's hot in the rest of the store.
"We've been selling a lot of that Foster the People album, 'Torches,'" Green said. "And I know that Feist has a new album out — 'Metals.'"
Rock Candy Music & More presents live shows by local artists on most weekend nights; tomorrow, catch a special show by Moonraker (that's Green's band). Read more about them below.
MOONRAKER'S FIRST BIG TOUR — Local punk-hardcore band Moonraker hits the road for its first coast-to-coast tour this month and next.
"We're not playing at it, but we're going to a festival called 'The Fest' [in Florida] and we're just touring out there and back," drummer David Green said.
"We're hitting Las Vegas, St. George in Utah, Denver, Oklahoma, Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta," Green said. "We'll be in Florida for three days, and then we're coming home through New Orleans, Houston, Austin, El Paso and Phoenix.
"I'd really like to make some more contacts in different areas," Green said about the purpose of the road trip. "I hope we'll meet some new people and get more people interested in our band."
Moonraker kicks off its trip with an all-ages show tomorrow night at Rock Candy Music & More in Saugus, starting at 8:30 p.m. It's free, but donations for food and gas money are welcome.
SCV MUSIC ON TV: JOHHNY STRAT SPECIAL ENCORES ON 'HOUSE BLEND' — SCVTV's WAVE-nominated "House Blend" music and interview series hosted and co-produced by yours truly features an encore broadcast of a really choice show from February. We're featuring local alt-pop/rock singer-songwriter/guitarist John Stratton aka Johnny Strat and his band on Saturday night at 10 p.m.
Strat and Co. (Corey Waters, keyboards; Nick Kline, electric guitar; Charles Black, raps; Daniel Roberts, bass; Zech Hogan, drums; Keani Kahuhu, cello; Kelsey Kepple, violin) premiered four brand-new songs they hadn't yet recorded: "Captivate Me," "She's My Kind of Rain," "All for You," "Stand Strong."
I've been watching Mr. Stratton, now a junior majoring in music at Azusa Pacific University, for the last couple of years, and he's now beginning to fulfill the huge potential I saw then. These songs, his band, and his interview set a new standard for "House Blend." The SCVTV production team was in love with these guys and their music, and it takes something special to get the crew that excited.
We know John and the band put a lot of effort into getting the performances right. So did our sound producer, Mike Mazzetti. He's seen it all, and thought the band was worthy enough to bring in his biggest, best mixer and set them up with some of the same mics he used as a sound tech for Frank Sinatra, among others. As an artist, Stratton is ready for liftoff. He's earned it. And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Special note about this show: Usually, each half-hour "House Blend" episode features two segments with different artists performing two songs apiece. On the day of Stratton's taping session, one of the other artists we had booked had to cancel at the last minute. A producer's nightmare.
Then, a light blub. "Hey, John, how'd you like to perform four songs instead of two, and we'll devote the whole show to you guys?" I asked. "Sure!" he said. No fool, this guy; he recognized it as an opportunity and jumped on it. So thanks to John and his intrepid crew, we not only covered the cancellation, but also produced one of the very best shows of our first season. Even if you've seen it before, it's a great half-hour.
“House Blend” airs Saturdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time on SCVTV (Time Warner Cable Channel 20 in the Santa Clarita Valley, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in Los Angeles and Orange counties), and streams live everywhere via the Web at www.scvtv.com. The show's archives are also available 24/7 on demand at www.scvtv.com/html/housebl
BTW, at the WAVE awards ceremony in San Jose last Saturday, a show produced in Hawaii took the top prize. Being one of the top three community TV music shows in the Western states is better than a pointed stick in the eye. Maybe next year...
BET YOUR BOTTOM END, BASS PLAYERS SHOULD ATTEND — Bass Player Magazine hosts its annual bass expo, Bass Player LIVE!, in Hollywood next Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23.
It's two days packed with exhibits, hands-on clinics and live demos catered to bass players, plus a concert at the Key Club on Saturday night.
The events start at 10 a.m. both days at SIR Studios on Sunset Boulevard. A one-day pass costs $30; two-day passes $50.
More than two dozen top-name musicians are expected to perform and host clinics, including Jack Cassady, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Alphonso Johnson, Lee Sklar, Abraham Laboriel, Daryl Jones, Anthony Jackson, Hadien Feraud, Janek Gwizdala and "Tonight Show" Musical Director Rickey Minor.
The Key Club concert kicks off with Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Larry Graham (Sly & the Family Stone), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) and the late James Jamerson (Motown). Acoustic Hot Tuna with Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, the James Jamerson Tribute Band, and Larry Graham with members of Graham Central Station will perform, followed by an all-star jam. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $30. Click here to purchase tickets for this show.
MORE SCV MUSIC LIVE — Who else is playing in the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend, or spreading the local musical love outside the valley?
Musician and singer/songwriter Melissa Kaye plays free sets every Friday at La Toscana Trattoria Grill in Valencia. Catch her tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Local "folk 'n' roll" band A Basement Rendezvous plays alongside Echogram, Them Savages, thatwasthen, Outliar and Straight Jackitt at AMPLYFi on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 online, $12 at the door; buy them here.
Helen on Wheels plays rock and blues covers at Valencia Wine Co. and The Kraze performs at Salt Creek Grille tonight, both starting at 9 p.m.
This month's "Unplugged" concert at Keyboard Galleria Music Center's Stage Door features Robert Heller, Tim Moyer and George and The Associates. Showtime: 6 p.m. Cover is $5.
If you happen to be over the hill in NoHo, catch local Western singer-songwriter John Bergstrom at the Mayflower Club on Victory Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. It's free.
And The Grateful Dudes keep traditional bluegrass alive and pickin' in the SCV at Vincenzo's Pizza on Lyons in Newhall from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Babylon Social Club — featuring Herman Matthews, Sara Niemietz, Bennett Salvay, Leslie Smith, W.G. Snuffy Walden and Terry Wilson — performs at Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks this Sunday and next. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and it's free.
Monday, Oct. 17
The Victor Ship joins Capsula, Mat Musto and Asteroid M for an all-ages show at AMPLYFi in Los Angeles. Tickets cost $8 online, $10 at the door; buy them here. This is The Victor Ship's last show before the guitarist and bassist go on tour with their other band, Moonraker.
Friday, Nov. 4
"The Music of Dirk Fischer," a special tribute to the musical dynamo who headed the jazz department for 27 years before retiring (sort of) in early 2005 and the age of 81, will be presented by the COC Music Department at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the PAC box office for just $10, or $5 for students and seniors.
EPIC-LOG: VINCENT MEMORIAL GATHERING ROCKED — Gene Vincent's family, friends and fans had a rockin' good time at Wednesday' s gathering at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, marking the 40th anniversary of the first-generation rock 'n' roller's death at Inter-Valley Hospital in Saugus and burial at Eternal Valley in Newhall.
Born Vincent Eugene Craddock in Virginia, he's the guy whose "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was an international hit in 1956 for Capitol Records, which signed Vincent as its answer to Elvis Presley. But Vincent's greased-up curls, black leathers, gimp from a 1955 motorcycle accident, and manic onstage performances were even scarier to teenagers' uptight parents than Elvis. Vincent was rockabilly and rock 'n' roll's original bad boy with a bad attitude; he lived hard and died young, at age 36, of a ruptured ulcer. His influence on the next generation of rock 'n' rollers, especially the budding British Invaders of the mid-1960s, was huge.
At Wednesday's three-hour-plus rave-up, more than two dozen Vincent classics and a few other chesnuts from the era were faithfully recreated by an all-star lineup of performers including Ray Campi, Rip Masters, Ronnie Mack, Joe Finkle with Johnny "Spazz" Hatton, Russell Scott, Karen Tobin, Mark "The Torch" Tortoricci and Ron Kakabeen of Ronny & The Classics.
Finkle and Hatton performed with guitarist Sean Cohan and a drummer whose name I will get, while the rest of the crew was backed for their spotlight songs by a stellar five-piece house band -- John Palmer (drums), Ron Fin (rhythm/lead guitar), Stephan Franck (lead/rhythm guitar), Mark Goodman (keyboards) and Paul Marshall (bass).
Making the soiree even more special was the Craddock family's enthusiastic participation. Tina Craddock, Vincent’s younger sister, along with Brandi Vincent, his daughter, took the stage to reminisce a bit and sing a couple songs. Vincent's granddaughter, Chantiel Craddock, who's launching a singing career under the name Chantilly Lace, also attended and rocked the house with four tunes.
Christian Bouyer, a Newhall resident originally from France and a longtime Vincent fan, co-organized the 40th anniversary get-together with Lee Loo, another die-hard fan who runs the Lonely Street Gene Vincent International Fan Club. She traveled from her home in France to attend the gathering, and visited Vincent's burial site for the first time on Thursday.
It was my honor to serve as emcee the event, which went on till about 1:30 a.m.; I'll have more notes and photos in next week's post, figuring I'll have recovered enough by then. But you know I wouldn't have missed it.
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Special thanks this week to all the artists, managers, media relations reps, families, friends and fans. Extra special thanks to Ismelda Rosas for her invaluable production assistance, and to Nadine A. Peeples for her invaluable encouragement and support.
With a face perfect for radio, I’ll see you on SCVTV Wednesday evening at 6:04-ish with the weekly SCV Entertainment Minute, and on AM 1220 KHTS Thursday morning at 8:10 when I preview the NEXT edition of…Peeples Place at KHTS.
Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” MIPF/Rhino, 1992), an award-winning radio producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990), an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011) and former music and entertainment columnist (The Signal, 2004-2011). He is host, writer and co-producer of the “House Blend" music and interview show on SCVTV (www.scvhouseblend.com), and drummer with SCV jazz group RainTree (www.raintreejazz.com). For more information, visit www.stephenkpeeples.com or email email@example.com.